Application deadline: 
Wednesday, 31 August, 2022 - 16:45
Bind CIC

We are currently looking for Directors to join our team as Bind continues to grow and evolve as Newcastle's food waste Hub.

Bind is a Community Interest Company that runs several projects that reduce food waste in the city through raising awareness, education and system design. The organistion is now well established but with lots of opportunities to maximise our impact further, making it an exciting time to join the organisation.

Our principal project is Magic Hat. The Magic Hat opened the doors to its city-centre 80 cover cafe/restaurant in April 2021, after 5 years of holding pop-up events across the city. The Magic Hat collects food that would otherwise be wasted, and our team of chefs and volunteers use it to prepare a daily menu every Thursday-Sunday. In addition to creating amazing food and drinks made from surplus ingredients, great coffee, a pay-as-you-feel market and a hamper delivery service, Magic Hat is also an affordable events space. A percentage of income generated by events allows us to donate the space to community groups/young enterprises who need a meeting/workspace.

Eat Smart is an educational project based in primary schools. We engage the pupils, teachers and kitchen staff in the issue of food waste by first recruiting a team of pupils to carry out a food waste audit on the site. A week of food awareness sessions is followed by gathering ideas from the whole school on how to reduce their waste levels. The best ideas are implemented and we then repeat the audit to measure its effectiveness. The primary schools we’ve worked with so far were wasting £40,000 worth of food per year, which we reduced by one third.

Bind is expanding its work to ensure prevention, not just redistribution is at the heart of their mission. Currently Bind consults with other businesses and community groups to help them reduce their food waste, and reduce their food bills by using surplus food in their kitchens. We are well recognised in the city and lead various partnerships with the local authority and private and voluntary sector organisations, tasked with reducing food waste at a strategic level.

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Time Commitment: Monthly meetings and ongoing problem solving – via email/whatsapp.

The total hourly commitment would be about 8 hours per month.

Meetings will be held via Zoom.


We are looking to recruit two Directors initially to join our existing team of four, with the following areas of expertise, although we welcome applications from people with other skill sets:

  1. HR / legal. Inc. Oversee development of HR and safeguarding policies.

  2. Law / employment law

  3. Strategic Growth and Development

  4. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Inc. Provide guidance and support on the inclusion of marginalised groups

  5. Financial control and grant management

  6. Education

  7. Communications / PR specialist

Roles and responsibilities of all Directors:

  • Review and develop the organisation’s strategy to achieve its aims and objectives

  • Ensure policy & practices keep to the organisation’s aims and core values

  • Ensure the organisation functions within its legal and financial requirements, and strives to achieve best practice

  • Promote the objectives of the organisation

  • Directors are encouraged to volunteer occasionally within one or more of Bind’s projects to gain a deeper understanding of the organisation

Essential Qualities of All Directors

  • Commitment to Bind’s aims, objectives and core values

  • Passion for creating behavioural change around the issue of food waste

  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Directorship

  • Be familiarised with Bind’s governing documents. Including Articles of Association

  • Willingness to devote time to carry out responsibilities.

  • Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to our aims and objectives.

Application Process

To apply for one of the posts above, please prepare no more than one side of A4 telling us which post you are applying for, your relevant experience and what difference you hope to make to Bind. Please also include your full name and best contact details. Proposals should be emailed to There is no deadline for applications but we will appoint as soon as an appropriate person is found.

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider this, we hope to hear from you soon.

Contact Information

Duncan Fairbrother, Director

07522 358 058  

Jess Miller, Director

07930 533 519